- The ANC in the municipality of Maluti-a-Phofung allegedly hired over 200 workers in exchange for their votes for NDZ at the National Elective Conference
- The municipality was placed under administration in February, and is one of the poorest in the country
- The municipality is bankrupt, but according to the payroll, 420 workers were added to it and paid in December
Maluti-a-Phofung municipality in the Free State, which was placed under administration last month, employed more than 200 people in December to work as “assistant general workers”, allegedly in an attempt to secure votes for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ).
“The job was part of a deal that I would go to the conference and vote for NDZ. We were paid before we even started working,” said a worker at the municipality.
According to sources in the municipality, payments were made to more than 500 employees, including the new recruits, on December 15, a day before the ANC conference began in Johannesburg.
Kedibone Sentle, the spokesperson for the municipality, said she could not respond to the M&G’s questions. “The matter is currently under [sic] sub judice,” she said.
The Democratic Alliance’s Leona Kleynhans, reported the matter to the Free State Hawks.
Briefly.co.za learned spokesperson for the Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said a case had been opened and the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority’s specialised commercial crime unit were investigating.
“The matter is still in its infancy stage and no further details can be divulged pending investigations,” Mulaudzi said.
420 general workers were added to the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality’s payroll and were paid in December, according to reports in M&G. Monthly salaries for assistant general workers for the past three months range from R4 071 to R25 603.
Tshepo Mokoena, regional chairperson of the South African Municipal Workers Union, said there is no record of how the new recruits were appointed and the municipality has refused to produce any records.
“The employer violated recruitment policies by failing to advertise the positions of the assistant general workers. There is no paperwork for the recruitments of these positions. We found out that people were just paid, even before they started working for the municipality,” he said.
ANC Free State spokesperson Thabo Meeko said PEC members had visited the municipality on Monday to ask about the allegations. “As far as we are concerned, nothing like that has happened but if someone has done this clandestinely, it is wrong and we are condemning it.”
Spokesperson Ntai Mokhitli said the Free State’s co-operative governance department, which administers the municipality, was “aware of such rumours”.
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